Happy Thanksgiving FiCB!
What brings me to the blog on Thanksgiving day? Because I’m absolutely worthless in the kitchen. On a holiday where cooking and consuming is primarily one’s identity (and activity), I have a mini existential crisis because I’m terrible at both.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of cooking but in reality I’m just bad at it. It seems so simple. Look up a recipe. Gather the ingredients. Follow the directions. And BAM! You have a turkey that makes Emeril Lagasse proud!
BUT, many of us know that cooking is not so darn easy.
How many times have you gathered the highest quality (and most expensive) ingredients, used precision instruments to check the proper direct (or indirect) heat, and timed the baking and cooling down to the final millisecond, only to end up with an inedible, unattractive and unpresentable bird for any dinner table? (Why do I have a bad feeling I’m the only one speaking from experience)?
Anyway, we can all relate in some manner. Taking the proper the steps and precisely following directions does not result into a perfect product that we hoped. This is especially disastrous when you relate it to the Christian life. There’s no manual. There’s no formula. There’s no ‘Easy-Bake-Oven‘ version where the recipe, ingredients, and instructions comes in a cute, simple package. The Christian life is not as easy as 1-2-3.
Do you ask “Why can’t the Christian life be simpler?” “Or, why isn’t this turning out the way I expected?” If you feel this way, here’s a few thoughts…
First, The Christian life is putting trust in Jesus’ life. Thus we should stop treating the Christian life like following a recipe. The Bible isn’t an instructional cookbook, but a Redemptive storybook about Jesus Christ. He doesn’t tell us what to do, when to do it, or by what methods and means. But rather it tells us of what He’s DONE and ACCOMPLISHED already. The Apostle John’s purpose is pretty clear in his Gospel that our only response is to ‘believe.’
“..but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31
Believing in the completed work in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection results in “having life” in His name! In other words the prep, the work and the result was already accomplished and applied for you in Jesus! Therefore…
Secondly, The Christian life is a life of Thanksgiving. In other words, we respond with an “attitude of gratitude.” We can appreciate another person’s work with thanksgiving and joy, not with guilt and obligation. Just as my brother finds joy in cooking the Thanksgiving bird, the family can also appreciate his work by enjoying it! True gratitude comes from receiving true grace. Just as Paul wrote:
“For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15.
Even though there’s no instructional guide, the Christian life is better in Jesus Christ! The work is not ours to handle but secured in the hands of the Father. Be thankful for the blessings you already received in Jesus, not just in a season, but in this lifetime. God finds delight through our enjoyment in Him, His Son and His Church.
Thank you FiCB for being a tremendous blessing to me, and I pray you’ll continue to be a tremendous blessing to others! Wherever you’re at: Home or school, near or far may Christ’s love be the true expression of your gratitude tonight!